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The Boston Red Sox looked poised to win its seventh game in a row. They received stupendous pitching and took the lead on three occasions. Alas, Minnesota outlasted Boston with a walk-off single that gave them the 4-3 win in the 17th inning.
The Red Sox had its 2019 ace on the mound in David Price. He went five innings (73 pitches) before being dubiously removed. The southpaw only allowed one run with two strikeouts and zero walks. Boston has said the removal was not injury-related. It’s something to monitor, though. It’s puzzling that Alex Cora would take out Price that early, especially given the bullpen’s well-chronicled struggles — against an elite lineup, no less.
Anyway, considering the Sox had to dip into the 17th inning, the bullpen did a fine job. They only allowed three earned runs in 11+ innings.
On offense, Boston received two solo homers. Rafael Devers hit a long-ball in the 7th and Mookie Betts did so in the 13th. The latter homer seemed to be the potential game-winner. Of course, Max Kepler had to answer with a solo-shot of his own off Hector Velazquez in the bottom 13th.
Ultimately, Kepler rose to the occasion again in the 17th. He hit the walk-off single to right field to bring in the winning run. Brian Johnson was the pitcher of losing record.